Study: Night Driving Greatest Risk for Fatal Teen Car Accidents

For teens, nighttime driving is more likely to result in death than drinking, speeding or failure to wear a seatbelt, according to a 10-year nationwide study by the Texas Transportation Institute. The study, which used national data on traffic fatalities from 1999 to 2008, concluded that night driving is the single most dangerous risk teen drivers can take.

In the 1999 to 2008 period overall, traffic fatalities declined. The decline was attributed to seatbelt laws, better drunk driving enforcement, vehicle safety and improvements in road safety. Those factors apply both day and night, so researchers dug further to determine why they didn't result in an equal reduction in nighttime traffic deaths among teens.

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